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Estates build reach landmark: 46 new affordable homes officially ‘topped out’ last month in Wandsworth

Construction work for 46 new affordable homes officially ‘topped out’ last month.

The apartment buildings will provide new council homes for existing estate residents at the Winstanley and York Road Estate in Battersea from next year – 35 per cent of them affordable, with Wandsworth council investing 13.5 million to build them.

Wandsworth council leader Councillor Ravi Govindia, was shown around to inspect progress on the new blocks, built by Winstanley & York Road Regeneration, a venture between Taylor Wimpey, Central London and Wandsworth.

They are talking with estate residents over details of fittings and materials in the flats.

A total of, 2,550 new homes will be provided, including replacement homes for all existing secure tenant and resident leaseholders, a leisure and community centre, a library, a children’s centre and nursery.

The affordable homes will be offered in a range of tenures, including social rent, share ownership, shared equity, affordable rent and private rent.

Cllr Govindia said: “Winstanley and York Road are two of Wandsworth’s major housing estates and our vision is to completely regenerate both of these estates.

“Taking care of existing residents and ensuring that they are appropriately housed is really important to us, which is why this block specifically provides new homes for decanted estate residents.

“However, this is more than just new homes, this will be a transformational project – there will be untold opportunities for people to train, improve their life chances, education and skills.

We want to build new homes and an exciting future for all who live in them.”

Lee Bishop, Managing Director from Taylor Wimpey, said: “The regeneration of Winstanley and York Road Estate will provide all existing council tenants and resident leaseholders with fantastic, high quality new homes on the same site.

“We hope that this new apartment building will provide the first of many affordable homes across the estate.”

A masterplan planning application for the regeneration of the estate was submitted by Winstanley & York Road Regeneration earlier this year, with a decision expected this autumn.

A new council employment and skills centre has already been delivered as part of the regeneration.

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